Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov and Bo hr. Hansen's Festen

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Methuen, Mar 17, 2004 - Drama - 64 pages
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Helge is sixty. It is a time of celebration. A time for the family to gather and smooth over the cracks left by the suicide of Linda, twin sister to Christian. As Helge's eldest son, Christian will raise the first toast.

Confined within the family house, the guests are rocked by the revelations that pierce and destroy the veneer of middle-class respectability.

"An embodiment of what theatre should be ... takes the breath away."—Independent

"A play that proves that theatre and movies can unite each other ... dramatic dynamite."

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"Electrifying, shocking, and profoundly moving, this is a thrilling modern tragedy, playing on classical darkness without losing the light. Festen is something to celebrate."—Sunday Times

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Full-length plays include M.A.D. (Bush Theatre 2004); Serving It Up (Bush Theatre, 1996); A Week Wit h Tony (Finborough Theatre, 1996); Summer Begins (RNT Studio & Donmar Warehouse, Four Corners Festiv al of New Writing, 1997); Falling (Hampstead Theatre, A Small Drop of Ink Festival of New Writing, 1 999), and Under the Blue Sky (Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, 2000), which in January 2001 was awarded the Time Out Live Award for Best New Play in the West End. His short plays include Cabbage for, Tea, Tea, Tea! (Exeter University, 1995), Fighting for Breath (Finborough Theatre, 1995), Dirty (Theatre Royal Stratford East, Young Voices, 1996) and Thanks Mum (Red Room & BAC, 1998). Televisio n and short film includes Killers (BBC Choice) and The Nugget Run (16th Foyle Film Festival). Radio includes Michael and Me and Stratford, Ilford, Romford and all Stations to Shenfield (BBC Radio 4).

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